Today was the day of the KV Challenge Marathon , a beautiful run from Hampton to Saint John, NB, through the Kennebecasis Valley (Quispamsis and Rothesay). As has been the case for every race since it started, I was one of their official photographers, so I managed to grab some cool images!
The run started at 9:00 AM on Main Street in Hampton. The temperature was a brisk 6 C (about 42 F) at the start of the race, but it warmed up to a balmy 9 C (about 48 F) by the end…
Despite the cold, Chris Brake was wearing just a T-Shirt and arms warmers. He started out with a blistering pace, taking the lead.
Here’s the rest of the pack, and this is only 100 meters in!!!
A former student of mine, Jason Cosman, is running in his third KV Challenge marathon!
The nice thing about this marathon is all the great colour in the leaves! This tree was right across the street from the start line.
Here’s Jason on the loop outside Hampton.
Water keeps these machines going…
Don’t drop that!!!
Every marathon, this guy dresses up in something different. This year, he dressed as a devil. (And he kept this outfit on for the whole race! 🙂
Two colleagues of mine, Barry and Roland, seem to have found their own way to keep warm while at a watering hole along the way! I keep hearing re-runs of the Beatles singing “Listen, do you want to know a secret, do you promise not to tell…” 😉
Barry and Jason are just “chillin’ in the hoods…” 😉
There was a cruise ship in town today. They must have been wondering what all the fuss was about. I think some of the runners were wearing snow suits… 😉
And, after leading the pack for the whole race, Chris Brake comes in 15 minutes ahead of the next competitor
Maggie, a former colleague of mine, is waiting for her running buddy, Jerry. She ran in Lowell, Mass, last weekend, so she was taking this race off!
Here’s Jerry! Maggie and I worked with Jerry at Exigen. That’s an impressive time, considering his age!!! Sorry Jerry!!! 😉
John Kelley, the event coordinator (and a colleague of mine), has his finish line medal on!
Jason made it through to the finish line!
That’s medal #3 Jason!
As the look on this face shows, 42 km (26.2 miles) can be grueling and painful…
Luckily, there are experts available to help with all those sore muscles!
And some food for the runners and volunteers to keep them going until the awards ceremony begins… at 3 PM.